CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A traffic stop turned viral arrest captured on cell phone video came to a head at the Benton County Courthouse on Tuesday when local, regional and state NAACP leaders gathered to demand accountability from police.
"We are very concerned how a potential citation can result in a young woman being physically abused by police officers and ultimately being charged for the offenses committed against her," said Angel Harris, president of NAACP Corvallis/Albany.
On Oct. 13, Genesis Hansen, 21, who told police she is a person of color, was arrested after a traffic stop escalated.
She was originally stopped for riding her bike on the wrong side of the road, and she refused to provide her ID or name to police.
In the state of Oregon, when you are stopped for a traffic violation, it is the law that you must present your ID, something Hansen didn't do and something the NAACP said she didn't have to do.
The NAACP also accused police of using excessive force and racial bias.
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"If I were to lay odds, if I were a betting man, I would bet that this would not have happened if she was a white woman. She wouldn't have even been stopped," said E.D. Mondaine, vice president of the Oregon NAACP.
In a statement afterward, the Oregon State Police said the allegations "are being meticulously reviewed and we are compiling as much information as possible."
But the NAACP is demanding more.
"We are asking for an apology from Oregon Police and Corvallis Police. We are asking for a direct statement from the mayor's office to explain and to talk about very deliberately of the denunciation of this egregious offense," said Mondaine.
Organizers said they "denounce the victimization, inhumane treatment and unlawful arrest," saying that the crimes Hansen was accused of were actually done to her.
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